Following the council meeting, the Board of Public Works and Safety met and approved amendment No. 3 of an agreement with Bernardin Lochmueller and Associates on the E. National Highway Relocation Project.
Also, Dant opened bids for leasing of two cropland tracts, totaling 40 acres, owned by the city. Wellman said one tract is owned by the Water Department and the other is owned by the Waste Water Department. Richard L Robinson Jr. bid $104.40 per acre for both tracts; Jared Smith bid $110 per acre for both tracts; Brandt Schuckman bid $70 per acre on one tract and $151 per acre on the other one; and Armes Boys Farms bid $137 per acre on each tract. The bids were referred to the department heads to review.
“Two weeks from tonight we’ll have the recommendation from the department heads and we’ll award those bids,” the mayor said.
The board approved a contract with Umbaugh and Associates for operational consulting. The company will review financial procedures in the city’s three utilities and make suggestions for streamlining those. Any process improvements should be able to be implemented immediately, and Umbaugh will provide training workshops for the people doing the procedures.
The board approved a salary/position change in the Police Department. Swing shift dispatcher Sarah Williams will move to third shift.
A crosswalk and additional signage to slow traffic and forewarn of a crosswalk were approved for North Elementary School. Councilman Mike Singleton pointed out there are two ADA-compliant ramps there already, and Street Commissioner Ernie Evans added that people cross there now anyway and the change will merely forewarn drivers there’s a crossing there.